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An earthquake with a magnitude 6.0 that struck the area of Southern Qinghai, China on Monday, has killed at least three people and injured nearly 40 others.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the quake at 21:59 hours UTC (5:49 a.m. at the epicenter). The China Earthquake Networks Centre considers it an aftershock from the May 12 Sichuan earthquake.

A bridge on a national highway was reported to be damaged, and communications were reported to have been severed. At least 3,200 homes were severely damaged or destroyed.

The quake struck 45 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Guangyuan, Sichuan, near the town of Yaodu. It struck in the same area of China as the one on May 12 that killed at least 69,207 people and wounded another 374,468, according to the English language edition of the People’s Online Daily.

Data released by the USGS shows that the epicenter was near the G109 highway which connects Lhasa in the south and Xining and Lanzhou in the northwest, a distance of 2,020 km (1,255 mi), according to Google Maps China.

Just over 12,000 aftershocks and small quakes have been recorded in the same area since May 12th.

Source : wikinews

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck southern California in the Chino Hills area (San Bernardino County) near Los Angeles California, east of Highway 142. It occurred at about 11:42 a.m. (PDT), and lasted approximately one minute.

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Map highlighting possible areas of damage.
Image: USGS.

The USGS preliminary report states the earthquake’s epicenter was located near a golf course in an upscale community 3 km (2 miles) southwest from Chino Hills, or 47 km (29 miles) east-southeast of Los Angeles(33.959° N 117.752° W). It was centered about 7.6 miles below the surface. The shaking is reported to have been felt as far as away as San Diego and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fire officials have said that there have been no reports of injuries, deaths or damages, but the USGS states that damage could be moderate. Public safety officials are asking people who live in the area to inspect their homes for gas and water leaks, as well as to contact older or disabled relatives to check their safety. Officials advise evacuating homes if leaking gas can be detected.

As many as thirty-four aftershocks registering a magnitude 3.8 and lower have been recorded since the initial earthquake. The earthquake originally registered a 5.8, but was later reduced to a 5.4 by the USGS.

Source : wikinews